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Colour Bar : The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation - Susan Williams

Colour Bar

The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation


Published: 31st October 2016
For Ages: 18+ years old
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The true story of a love which defied family, Apartheid, and empire - the inspiration for the major new feature film A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike London, 1947. He was the heir to an African kingdom. She was a white English insurance clerk. When they met and fell in love, it would change the world. This is the inspiring true story of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams, whose marriage sent shockwaves through the establishment, defied an empire - and, finally, triumphed over the prejudices of their age. 'Reading the book, I realised that I had never seen an African love story of this cinematic scope. It spoke to me as an African, as a man, as a romantic' David Oyelowo 'A story of forgiveness and healing ... as relevant today as when the whole drama was being played out' Alexander McCall Smith 'Unmissable ... A love story for the ages ... One of the best films of the year' Daily Mail 'Irresistible storytelling' Guardian 'Genuinely moving ... Fascinating and timely' Time Out


Well up among the best books I have recently read..


I bought my copy of "Colour Bar" after seeing the movie on which it was based, "A United Kingdom". The book very clearly fleshed out the details of the "Seretse Karma Affair', described in the movie. It gives the reader a thorough understanding of a shabby episode in British history and of the very human struggle of Ruth and Seretse Karma and of the genesis of a new country, Botswana. I found it hard to put down and will read it again .

Canberra, Australia


A gripping read, couldn't put it down


A fascinating history of the interracial love between Seretse Khama and his English wife Ruth, and the key role it played in determining Botswana's history from the 1940s to 1960s. I bought this after watching "A United Kingdom" and even though I knew much of the story I couldn't put it down. A must read if you want to have an insight into the history of one of the most successful African nations!




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A story of forgiveness and healing ... as relevant today as when the whole drama was being played out -- Alexander McCall Smith A gripping, heroic and darkly comic story of fading imperium * Sunday Times * Elegantly written ... Williams has done a masterly job * Guardian * An inspiring story ... [an] excellent and shaming book * Literary Review * Wonderful ... Deeply researched and grippingly written * Independent * A splendid book * Spectator * A pacy but judicious writer . . . her portrait of a love affair exposes the madness of the racial bar more effectively than a thousand anti-apartheid pamphlets' * Tablet * A hugely readable book. I couldn't put it down * Saturday Independent * As exciting as any detective story * Art Beat * A fantastic love story of modern times, one that is almost Shakespearian in its drama, intrigue and pathos * Tonight *

ISBN: 9780141985701
ISBN-10: 0141985704
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 31st October 2016
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Media tie-in